New South Wales

Dec 19, 2016

The right way forward for controversial Badgerys Creek airport

Badgerys Creek airport requires more thorough assessment, writes former public servant Ilan Salbe.

rime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right), and Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher sign copies of the airport plan

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right), and Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher sign copies of the airport plan

Badgerys Creek airport has long been a difficult issue: it has proven so intractable that 70 years of trying hasn’t yielded any laid tarmac. But now, the deal seems closed, with final government approval of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process given by PM Malcolm Turnbull on December 12. Yet critical attention to this issue is still important, because it is, if nothing else, a case study of the failings of government-run EIS processes.

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4 thoughts on “The right way forward for controversial Badgerys Creek airport

  1. andrew

    I think there has already been decades to assess the situation.

    HSR has already been assessed.

    Now when do we see action?

  2. mike westerman

    Air travel is the least easily decarbonised transport mode, except thru substitution. Was this risk assessed, particularly wrt the HST alternative?

  3. AR

    It will be fun watching Customs & AFP, aka BruderFarce having a turf fight for office space and hegemony.

  4. Will

    There are only two words for Sydney Airport: International embarrassment. Want proof? Just travel. Lesson? Don’t privatise essential infrastructure. Moral? Perhaps the national interest includes an aviation capability. Actually, come to think of it, how couldn’t it???

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